Originally created 10/17/00

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GEORGIA
Governor marks 500,000th HOPE

ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes celebrated Georgia's 500,000th HOPE scholarship Monday, calling the lottery-funded program a "terrific success" for the state.

Mr. Barnes made a morning appearance at Georgia Tech, his first stop on a two-day tour of eight colleges. Each of the colleges chose one HOPE scholar to appear with Mr. Barnes and act as the symbolic 500,000th recipient.

The governor will continue his tour of state institutions, including Augusta State University.

The state awarded the 500,000th HOPE scholarship last week, and the tally stands at more than 532,000, Georgia Student Finance Commission spokeswoman Alma Bowen said.

Mr. Barnes praised his predecessor, Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., for implementing the scholarship.

"What was the idea of one governor in a growing Southern state has turned into a program that many other states and even the federal government are now trying to implement," he said in prepared remarks.

Mr. Barnes' spokeswoman, Joselyn Butler, said last week the tour was not intended as a boost to Mr. Miller's campaign to keep his Senate seat in the Nov. 7 election.

Monday's other stops were at University of Georgia in Athens, Albany Technical College and Columbus State University. Today's visits will be at Dalton State College, Augusta State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah and Mercer University in Macon.

FORT GORDON
Colonel will be deputy commander

Col. Peter T. Farrell, commander of the 15th Signal Brigade, will take over the position of deputy commander of Fort Gordon at 9 a.m. Friday in a change of command ceremony at Barton Field.

Lt. Col. Michael J. Guthrie will replace Col. Farrell as commander of the 15th Signal Brigade, the Army's largest signal brigade.

The post's previous deputy commander, Brig. Gen. Velma Richardson, left Fort Gordon in August for Dallas, where she is the commanding general of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

AUGUSTA
One lane of I-20 will close

One lane will be closed through Thursday on Interstate 20 eastbound from River Watch Parkway to the South Carolina state line while Department of Transportation maintenance crews repair portions of the roadway. Motorists are advised to take other routes if possible to avoid delays.

AUGUSTA
Program will train volunteers

The Permanent Homes for Children in Georgia Program is seeking volunteers who can help the court system in placing foster children into permanent homes.

Volunteers meet one Friday a month to talk with the parents, children, foster parents and the Department of Family and Children Services worker to review the progress made by the parents in reuniting the family.

Training for volunteers will be Wednesday and Thursday. For more information or to sign up, call Janet Weinberger at 863-2657.

GEORGIA
Fugitive Bahamian officer caught

DECATUR - A Bahamian police officer wanted on murder charges in the killing of his estranged wife and her boyfriend was arrested in Riverdale on Monday.

Henry Hugh Smith, 29, of the Bahamas was taken into custody at about 1 p.m. by the U.S. Marshals' Service and the Metro Fugitive Squad.

Mr. Smith was staying at a Riverdale apartment and tried to run but was captured, police said. He is accused of the July 21 slayings and wanted in a 1999 attempt to kill a 7-year-old girl. Mr. Smith, a police officer at the time, allegedly fired shots into a crowd, seeking revenge against another man but striking the child instead. He was awaiting trial on that charge when he fled the Bahamas.

Mr. Smith awaited extradition Monday in Atlanta. Bahamian authorities also have charged him with possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
High court denies appeal

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by South Carolina death row inmate John Kennedy Hughey on Monday.

Mr. Hughey was sentenced to death for the 1995 shooting death of two women.

In March, the state Supreme Court voted 4-1 to uphold the Abbeville, S.C., man's conviction and death sentence. Mr. Hughey was charged with killing Tesheka Lanyra Jackson, 22, and Luevinia Harris, 44, of Abbeville.

Ms. Harris was shot once in the head, prosecutors said. Ms. Jackson suffered a gunshot wound to the back of the head, a blow to the face and a stab wound in the chest.

Mr. Hughey's lawyers have argued there were mistakes in the selection of one juror, in some of the testimony in the trial and in the instructions to the jurors.

SOUTH CAROLINA
Brothers charged in man's death

GREENVILLE - Two brothers have been charged with murder in the death of a Travelers Rest man.

Robert Jason Frady, 24, and Anthony Greg Frady, 27, both of Greer, S.C., turned themselves in to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, Sgt. Mike Brown said.

Robert Frady is accused of stabbing 44-year-old Ronnie Lewis McCarson, and Anthony Frady is accused of punching and throwing rocks at him, Sgt. Brown said.

Mr. McCarson was pronounced dead just before midnight Thursday near the Blue Ridge community in northern Greenville County, according to the Greenville County coroner's office.

Authorities said Mr. McCarson and the Fradys were drinking with a group of people before Mr. McCarson died.

Mr. McCarson and another man were trying to drive away from the Fradys in a white van when the pair began throwing rocks at the vehicle, Sgt. Brown said.

GEORGIA
Suspect in shooting kills himself

TOCCOA - A Lavonia man suspected of shooting a woman outside a convenience store and then racing away in her car with her 5-year-old son inside last week has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

Ruben C. Brock, 24, shot himself in the head as police waited to take him into custody at a relative's house Thursday afternoon, Stephens County Sheriff Gene Sorrells said.

Mr. Brock was taken to Stephens County Hospital, then to Atlanta Medical Center, where he died Sunday, Sheriff Sorrells said.

Lesa Vetress McCurry of Lavonia remained in stable condition with a bullet lodged near her spine. She was shot in the shoulder late Oct. 10 after what authorities believed to be a domestic dispute. Police recovered Ms. McCurry's son and car at Mr. Brock's parents' house shortly after the shooting.

Mr. Brock was charged with two counts of aggravated assault.